Samhain is a Gaelic festival that commemorates the end of the harvest season and marks the beginning of winter. The Celtic pagans historically celebrated this date as the beginning of the winter season. We consider this day the midpoint of the autumn season because it is a cross-quarter day in our modern calendar.
Now that we have reached the end of October, we can see that the season’s energy is changing a lot. There is no doubt that we are now in the autumn season. At the time of the equinox, Autumn’s energy was insipid and still mingled with the energy of summer when we celebrated the equinox. Then it was time to find a balance between the two. Now it’s time to turn inwards and take a closer look at ourselves.
The clocks have changed here in the UK, and darkness overtakes the light.
Samhain is the season of death. The importance of death in life cannot be overstated.
For example, you die a little death in each yoga class. So every time we do ‘Savasana’, or corpse pose, in our yoga mats, we have a chance to let go and die whatever no longer serves us.
There are three stages in the life cycle: creation, maintenance, and destruction. It is essential for us today to recognize the critical role that death plays in our lives. Death is a necessary part of evolution, without which we cannot evolve.
As individuals, there are many things that we can let go of, such as our limiting beliefs about ourselves and others, harmful habits, relationships that no longer serve us, or jobs that crash our spirits. We will find on our yoga journey there will be things that need to die for us to continue on our journey of personal growth.
Let me invite you to try out this yoga class to acknowledge these things that you want to let go of and work to release them in the interest of your highest good.